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How to Show Your Vehicle Some Love This Valentine's Day

How to Show Your Vehicle Some Love This Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is a time to show the people and things you love just how much you care. And for many of us, that includes our vehicles. After all, our cars, trucks, and SUVs are more than just transportation – they're an extension of ourselves, and a reflection of our personality, lifestyle, and values. So, how can you show your vehicle some love on Valentine's Day? Here are a few ideas: Give it a good cleaning: Nothing says "I love you" like a good cleaning. Give your vehicle a thorough wash, both inside and out, to get rid of all the dirt, grime, and debris that has accumulated over the past few months. Pay special attention to the tires, wheels, and rims, as well as the windows, mirrors, and headlights. Add some flair: Give your vehicle a little personality by adding some flair to the exterior. This can include things like decals, stickers, or even a custom paint job. You can also add some flair to the interior with things like seat covers, floor mats ... read more

Symptoms of a Failing Water Pump in Your Car

Symptoms of a Failing Water Pump in Your Car

The water pump is an essential component of your vehicle's engine. It's responsible for helping to keep your engine from overheating, among other things. While you may not think of your water pump as often as you think of your oil levels, you do need to be aware of when there might be a problem. There are several symptoms that can indicate a failing water pump in your vehicle: Coolant Leak A coolant leak may be a sign of a faulty water pump. If you notice a puddle of liquid under your vehicle or in the spot where your vehicle was parked, you should have your water pump checked. Overheating Engine If your car's engine is overheating, it could be due to a failing water pump. The water pump helps to circulate coolant throughout your vehicle's engine, so if it is not functioning properly, the engine may overheat. Squealing or Grinding Noise A failing water pump often makes a squealing or grinding noise as it begins to wear out. This noise may be more noticeable when ... read more

6 Major Car Fluids That You Should Know

6 Major Car Fluids That You Should Know

Car fluids are like the bloodlines that make up your vehicle. Without these essential fluids, your vehicle would not run the way it should. Various vehicle fluids have different functions. Some have cooling properties, cleaning properties, lubricating properties, and even cleaning properties. Some simply serve to power a certain function in your car, like braking or steering.  It's important for all drivers to know these fluids, understand how they work, and be able to identify them in case of a leak. Here are 6 of the most common car fluids that you should know: #1 - Motor Oil Obviously, everyone is most familiar with engine oil/motor oil. It is what keeps your motor’s parts lubricated as it helps to minimize friction. Engine oil can be amber or gold or dark brown if sat in the engine for a long time. It is easy to check your motor oil with the dipstick on your own. If you need help with this, feel free to stop by our shop. #2 - Transmission Fluid Transmission flu ... read more

Is the Serpentine Belt and Timing Belt the Same Thing?

Is the Serpentine Belt and Timing Belt the Same Thing?

The jargon of the inner systems of your vehicles are easy to confuse you unless you've interacted with them for a long time. You must have heard your mechanic talking about belts in your car, but it might be hard for you to differentiate between the various belts that help your car function. The serpentine and timing belts are the two most important belts in a vehicle with different functions. And they may be easily confused, but they are not the same thing. You can easily see serpentine belts when you open the hood of your car. They are located in the engine block and are made of thin rubber belts that snake around several components around the engine block. They are called serpentine belts because they look like snakes. The main role of serpentine belts is to transport power to important automotive components of your car. It helps in the normal functioning of the alternator, the steering pump and the air conditioners. Unlike the serpentine belts, the timi ... read more

What does the TPMS warning light indicate?

What does the TPMS warning light indicate?

The Tire Pressure Monitoring System, also known as TPMS has its own warning light on the dashboard as you might have noticed. If your tuns on, the question now becomes, "What does it mean and what should I do?" Do not panic! What Does the TPMS Warning Light Mean? The first step is to physically gauge your tire pressures and pump more air as necessary to bring them up to the product's recommended levels according to your vehicle handbook. Remember that your TPMS does not substitute for regular tire pressure checks. Although it is a device that can assist notify you when pressure level is reduced, a wheel might deflate below the recommended level of inflation long even before TPMS warning light illuminates. When the pressure is either excessively low or high, the TPMS light illuminates. What To Do The light shows up differently for various reasons. Which means that there are different ways to also react to the issue. The TPMS warning light turns on and remains lit if a ... read more

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